On episode 73 of EHS On Tap, Dr. Douglas Casa, CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute, and Margaret Morrissey, director of the National Heat Safety Coalition, discuss the need for increased awareness and safety standards around heat illness in industry. This episode is presented as part of EHS Daily Advisor’s activities for National Safety Week.
Dr. Douglas Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, FNAK, is CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute, which was created to provide research, education, advocacy, and consultation, to maximize performance, optimize safety, and prevent sudden death for the athlete, warfighter, and laborer. For the past 20 years, Dr. Casa has worked toward his goals at the Department of Kinesiology, College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut. During this time, he has published more than 250 peer-reviewed publications/book chapters and presented more than 600 times on subjects related to exertional heat stroke, heat-related illnesses, preventing sudden death in sport, and hydration.
Margaret Morrissey is the director of occupational safety at Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) and president of the National Heat Safety Coalition (NHSC). She is responsible for managing research, education, and heat safety services to provide employers and workers with strategies and resources to protect against heat-related injuries and illnesses. NHSC is an independent branch of KSI that is entirely focused on occupational heat safety and aims to deliver feasible and evidence-based heat safety programs to businesses based on their particular needs.
Listen to the episode below.